6 June 1944 - 25 July 1944


Until the arrival of a Field Salvage Unit and a Salvage Collecting Centre Unit on D+8 small dumps along the beaches were manned by beach group personnel under the direction of the AD Salvage, Second Army and an Area Salvage Officer with HQ, L of C. By D+23 there were six dumps in operation including those at No. 1 roadhead and No. 2 roadhead and the latter had handled over 1,000 tons of material.

Large quantities of airborne equipment were sorted at the dump at OUISTREHAM and shipped to the UK before the end of June. The recovery of parachutes was not good however, as many of them were retained by troops and civilians for the silk.

Early in the operation it was decided that ammunition empties would be returned through salvage channels. Extra pioneer labour was permanently allotted to FMCs and roadheads for this commitment which continued throughout the campaign.

The first Base Salvage Depot was opened at CANCAGNY in the RMA on 24 July. The total tonnage of serviceable stores returned to Ordnance during this period was 7,328 tons.



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